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Brewster Mayor and County Executive Announce Phase I of Brewster Revitalization
Massive Transit Oriented Development Seeks to Bring Back Millennials and
Brewster’s Distinction as Hub of Harlem Valley
BREWSTER, NY – At a press conference last Thursday, January 5th, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Village of Brewster Mayor James Schoenig with Covington Development, LLC, principal, Harold Lepler, announced details on the implementation of Phase I of a multiphase Transit Oriented Development (TOD)project designed to revitalize the Village of Brewster. The initial construction phase is supported in part by a recently awarded $2M Empire State Development Grant.
“The Empire State Development grant of $2 million dollars has been provided to support Putnam County and the Village of Brewster’s joint efforts over the past few years to revitalize downtown Brewster,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “This is a priority economic growth initiative that will spur population growth and vitality in the community by attracting millennials, which will in turn attract businesses and jobs, ultimately bringing Brewster back to its 19th century distinction as the hub of the Harlem Valley.”
The funding will offset the costs for acquisition, demolition and to begin construction in Phase I of multiple phases of reconstruction along the Village’s Main Street corridor. For Phase I, a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is proposed to be built in the area bounded by Main Street, Railroad Avenue, Marvin Avenue and the Southeast Museum. Construction, which is expected to begin in late 2018, entails a shared subsurface parking structure for up to 550 cars, with mixed-use buildings above and built around a central open space plaza. The buildings will provide approximately 290 apartments and 32,000 square feet of retail and commercial space.
“This long-term revitalization initiative creates economic value for the entire Village and greater Brewster area, said Mayor Schoenig. “The TOD is part of our plan to attract and retain millennials in Putnam County, giving them attractive live-work-play surroundings and easy access to Grand Central Station via commuter rail.”
According to Schoenig, the development is currently funded through grants and or private sources. “There will be no outlay of funds by the Village.”
According to Harold Lepler, principal, Covington Development LLC, the master developer for the Brewster Revitalization effort , Phase I of the TOD project is expected to revitalize an economically distressed community, create new jobs and a higher quality of life for village residents, improve tourism and improve regional economic opportunities by turning the Village of Brewster into a place where people want to live, work and play.
September 26, 2016 -Brewster, NYBrewster P.D. Awarded the 2016 John T. Sloper Fund Grant The Brewster Police Department has been awarded a $1,789 grant, from the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, to purchase an additional AED (Automated External Defibrillator). This award was received through the generosity of the John T. Sloper Community Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. The Village received the additional automated external defibrillator (AED) and accessory equipment, so that this life saving equipment is available to our residents and visitors alike. The John T. Sloper Community Fund was established at the Community Foundation and endowed with the proceeds from the sale of Sloper-Willen Community Ambulance Service. Founded in 1958 by John T. Sloper, the company motto was: “That lives may be saved.” This fund was established to honor the legacy of John T. Sloper and the Sloper-Willen Community Ambulance Service, to promote and encourage people and organizations to provide emergency medical services, and to save lives. The John T. Sloper Community Fund promotes programs in Southern Dutchess and Putnam counties, areas previously served by the Sloper-Willen Community Ambulance Service, by providing training and emergency medical equipment to enhance the delivery of emergency medical services to residents of those communities to improve accessibility to emergency health services in order to save lives. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen anywhere and anytime, an individual’s chances of survival improve significantly if CPR and the lifesaving AED shock are administered within minutes of a cardiac arrest. The Brewster P. D. will have the Heartstart AED in the patrol vehicle available to respond to cardiac emergencies. The Department is grateful to The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley for project funding, the Police Department’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of all persons residing, visiting and doing business in the Village.
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Covington Development LLC signs MOU with Village of Brewster
The Village of Brewster signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Covington Development LLC to achieve substantial improvements in the core downtown area. As part of the agreement, the Village is undertaking a Comprehensive Plan Update (CPU) focusing on Transit Oriented Development, Zoning Code Revisions, and expects to create an Urban Renewal Plan in line with the CPU.
The core downtown area of approximately 50 acres includes both sides of Main Street and extends to adjacent streets from the MTA commuter rail station to the famed East Branch of the Croton River, a world renowned trout fishing destination. Bordering on undeveloped lands of the NYC watershed to the south, new developments will take advantage of the attractive vistas.
The Village goals are;
to capitalize on the existing transportation infrastructure (Transit Oriented Development) and create new multi-modal transportation networks;
to capitalize on our existing infrastructure which includes newly modernized water system wells, water tank, and mains; and newly constructed sewer plant and mains; both with ample capacity for expansion;
to create economic value for the entire Village and greater Brewster area, focusing on the existing downtown core and redeveloping substandard sites and buildings;
to create jobs and career opportunities for Village and area residents;
to provide net positive tax revenue to the Village, Town, County and the School district;
to provide a vibrant downtown and create a diversity of uses (live, work, shop, learn, and play);
to restore and subsequently maintain the Village as a preeminent regional destination;
to provide a mixed-use downtown setting to include residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, parks, open space, cultural, civic and other uses;
to create and enhance Village gateways;
to improve streetscapes and create a pedestrian friendly “walkable” environment;
to achieve the adaptive reuse of vacant buildings where appropriate, or to rebuild for that purpose; and
to create sustainable development by implementing smart growth and green building design elements in an economically viable plan.